First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Greg Briggs,
Interim Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Living Between Gracious & Greedy

Living Between Gracious & Greedy ~ Sermon ~ Sunday, October 9, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Luke 17:11-19   Diane Gottsman, a present-day manners and etiquette expert, (so of course her advice “column” is “online”) was asked these questions regarding the etiquette of expressing gratitude for a gift received. In your opinion, is the traditional thank you note outdated? Her… Read More »

Increase Your Faith Three Easy Steps Call Today!

Increase Your Faith Three Easy Steps Call Today! Sermon ~ Sunday, October 2, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Luke 17:5-10   This story has been around for a while in various forms.  One version is that of a husband and wife who regularly attended church together.  But it seems the husband would on occasion doze off during the sermon.  He… Read More »

The Photo Op

Sermon ~ Sunday, September 18, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson THE PHOTO OP Luke 16:1-13 (Told in Maine accent) Business has been slowing down at Joe’s Barber Shoppe now that Labor Day has passed.  The summah complaints have left but the locals haven’t made their way back to Joe’s.  They like to give it a few days maybe a week… Read More »

Reclaiming Lost Possessions

  Reclaiming Lost Possessions Luke 15:1-10 Sermon ~ Sunday, September 11, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson   Last week, if you recall we had that rather difficult passage and subsequent message about the cost of discipleship. We read and wrestled with Jesus’ use of cutting language in an attempt to get across his expectations for whoever would choose to be… Read More »

What Did He Just Say?

Sermon ~ Sunday, September 4, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson  Luke 14:25-33   Just about every preacher understands that if she or he wishes to have a peaceful and lengthy tenure with a congregation you must be careful around certain subjects.  Perhaps the most controversial and potential career ending subject for a pastor is money.  Stewardship and one’s use of… Read More »

Nothing Stays the Same . . . Except . . .

Sermon ~ Sunday ~ August 28th, 2016  ~  Pastor Neil Wilson      Hebrews 13: 8    Ever since the Age of Enlightenment with its scientific revolution had it impact on the field of Biblical studies readers and scholars alike have pondered over just what kind of “book” Hebrews should be considered.  One seminary professor joked that the funny thing… Read More »

Who’s In Charge Here?

Sunday ~ August 21, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson                                                                                           Luke 13:10-17   Can you imagine walking bent over for 18 years?  18 years this woman had borne this affliction.  Horrible!  Helen Eshleman, the wife… Read More »

Guest Patti Ulrich

~ Sunday ~ August 7th, 2016 ~ Guest Patti Ulrich  Christians have always believed in a God who is concerned with the natural world. We have prayed to God from the depths of coal mines to the heights of Everest and from outer space. We have blessed ships and planes in God’s name, built soaring cathedrals to the honor and… Read More »

Would You Like to Supersize That?

Sunday ~ July 31, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ Luke 12:13-21 A few years ago a new series aired on BBC which was called, The Men Who made us Fat.  In the opening scene of one episode the journalist who narrates the series goes into a diner for breakfast.  He orders a breakfast with the innocuous sounding name: The… Read More »

Amos: The End

Sunday ~ July 17th ~ Pastor Neil Wilson  This is what the Lord GOD showed me – -a basket of summer fruit. He said “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”  Then the LORD said to me, “The end has come upon my people Israel;   I will never again pass them by.    Amos 8:1-2… Read More »